Talk:79: Iambic Pentameter

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It's really not so hard to write such prose,
To stick to Shakespeare's scheme for fellow bards,
Of course the preparation always slows,
So spontaneity aint on the cards.
The better art of live concoction sits,
Beyond the skill of I your editor,
And this is why the comic title bits,
Are true and accurate without a flaw.
Or so I humour Randall by these lines,
Restricted by the form I've set upon,
Fearing that soon I'll commit rhyming crimes,
That you the readers see arrive, 'ere long.
And thus a sonnet author finds to be,
Whether for fun or for a Dark Lady. 14:08, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

I am stunned. Flabbergasted, of a lack of words. You, good sir, are a hero. A true poet, a master of words. I applaud you, and thank you for your time here. Netherin5 (talk) 15:04, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Please create an account, explainxkcd needs wants you here. Knit cap (talk) 09:54, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

Wait, normal people don't communicate exclusively in iambic pentameter? Shakespeare lied to me! 04:04, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

There is a community portal discussion of what to call Cueball and what to do in case with more than one Cueball. I have added this comic to the new Category:Multiple Cueballs. Since Randall is the one with the hobby and also the one that Cueball represents I have kept Cueball in this explanation and transcript. But made a note of it. --Kynde (talk) 13:58, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

If you unstress both "of" and "course," the title text also kind of works with iambic meter. Aronurr (talk) 23:25, 21 January 2020 (UTC)

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb. 19:16, 3 June 2023

I rarely speak non-iambic, that's for sure.
I surely won't attempt to find a cure.
It hardly is a problem, do you mind?
I just can't help that I'm the rhyming kind!

If people all around the world agreed,
and rhymed instead of waging wars unjust,
the world would be a better place indeed,
thus, if you ask me, poetry 's a must!

That said, if one of you explainers know,
enlighten me on whether there's a rule,
which parts of quads of penta-iambic lines,
should rhyme together, like I just did show?

Flexximilian (talk) 23:44, 01 September 2023 (UTC)

Refer to places such as Rhyme scheme's link?
In there you will perhaps come find a clue.
To start: I, for your first of verses, think,
Perhaps a Balliol or Clerihew.
Though as your stanzas go from here to there,
The scheme does change in ways I need not say.
The second verse is of a type not rare,
In fact I do prefer myself that way.
It's at the last where head and foot alone,
Both rhyme; the lines betwixt are free from that.
In isolation I don't see it shown,
Of which the listed group or style it's at! 09:09, 2 September 2023 (UTC)